Jen from One Thimble Sewing E-Zine recently approached me to guest post on the One Thimble Blog. And because she’s such a lovely, kind-hearted gal who goes out of her way to help others, I was happy to help her out! We decided that I’d share a hoop art project, explaining how to create art work using a timber embroidery hoop. What do you think?
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The gorgeous toadstool in this project is created using the Fairywood Cottage and Wood Fairy appliqué pattern made by Robyn of Obbie Dobbie for Issue 6 of One Thimble. You can purchase the pattern as a ‘stand-alone’ but if you pick up Issue 6, you’ll find it, and a whole host of amazing patterns, sewing articles, inspiration and ideas. Can you tell I’m a One Thimble fan?
And just as a quick aside, don’t you love my little Sonny Angel figurine pictured with the hoop art? Have you seen them? They’re a bit of a craze at the moment! I received this little koala right after I released the ‘Katie Koala’ pattern. That was such a strange coincidence. But I digress….
I love the bright colours used in the image for this appliqué pattern. But I wanted to try something a bit different so I created the toadstool in pretty peaches and golds, and used linen fabric for the back ground. Robyn from Obbie Dobbie gives great instructions for hand stitching in her pattern. And I do find blanket stitch embroidery so relaxing and therapeutic (it’s a wonderful “couch craft’). But I was on a tight deadline, so I chose to machine blanket stitch instead. I think the finish still looks neat though?
If you’d like to know more about how I put it together, you can read more over on the One Thimble blog. I explain how to secure your project in the hoop (whether it be embroidery, appliqué, cross stitch, etc). Then also how to back your project so it’s nice and neat. A circle of felt stitched on the back gives such a neat finish, don’t you think?
For more hoop art project ideas, you might like to check out this tutorial HERE. I used a cute pineapple embroidery template to stitch up this wall art. And I’ve explained a couple of ways to finish the back, if you’re after an easier alternative to adding felt.
I just love that the old timber hoop has been reinvented and can be used for more than just a tool for neat hand embroidery! What’s your favourite craft to work in a hoop? I’d love to see it. For more applique and embroidery inspiration, you can check out my Pinterest boards. I’m slightly obsessed! Slightly…
Happy stitching, Lauren x
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